It’s taken a while but finally, a game release has come along to knock “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” off the top of the top-selling digital games chart. That game is Minecraft: Dungeons.
Minecraft is a bit of a strange one, the original indi game went on to become the best-selling video game of all time. A massive achievement considering its unusual graphics and unique gameplay.
Now a spin-off title is here to continue the brand’s dominance while providing something very new for the franchise, a dungeon-crawling game. So while “Minecraft” gave us something so new you couldn’t compare it to anything else, “Dungeons” takes a formula dominated by “Diablo”, “Path of Exile” or even “Torchlight 2” and essentially makes the genre more accessible to younger gamers.
Don’t expect a massive open world with “Minecraft Dungeons”, instead it’s broken into isolated levels that last around 10 minutes each. You access the levels from the world map which delivers you into a randomly generated level on various missions of helping to rescue NPC’s or defeating the minions of the “Arch-Illager”.
The story is pretty basic, which is common in this genre as it’s all about smashing monsters and looting to gain better attributes. You play as a hero on a mission to defeat the “Arch-Illager” who was a sad and lonely “illager” until he discovered the “Orb of Dominance” and went all kind of bad. There are a few cut scenes that link the story along the way using humour that can be likened to the “LEGO” games only not quite as funny.
You’ll find “Artefacts” along the way that you use to boost your power. These can be a special attack with a cooldown period, so items like the Firework Arrow can do massive amounts of damage, but you’ll have to use it at the right time.
The graphic presentation of the game is so strange. After all, this is a Minecraft game so it comes with the overly “blocky” look and feel throughout the world. It’s something I just find it difficult to appreciate. It does what it does well, I just don’t like it.
This is a super basic level dungeon crawler that at times feels too simple. The main campaign for the game is around 5 hours long, but it’s expected that there will be new add ons released over time. The game is easy to pick up and play with little to no experience in either the Action Role Playing Genre or in Minecraft itself.
For adults, I’d recommend checking out “Path of Exile” on PC or any of the Diablo games before this, but it’s fine for Junior gamers.